Great Expectations; Miss Havisham Revisited

Great Expectations is one of Dickens’s best loved and critically acclaimed works. Using the text, objects and documents from our own archival collection, pupils will explore aspects of Dicken’s own life and experiences that may have influenced this work. In particular they will focus on one of Dickens’s more notorious and memorable characters – Miss Havisham; looking again at whether the common perceptions about her are justified…or not!


Photograph of gothic candelabra


Curriculum Links:


GCSE English Literature (9-1) Component 2: Section A – 19th-century novel


GCSE English Literature (8702), 19th Century Novel – Great Expectations


GCSE (9–1) English Literature (J352), 19th Century Novel – Great Expectations

Please note that this session requires students to have some familiarity with the novel 'Great Expectations'. 

Optional Extras

Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk, exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
For more information click here.


Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.

Class of up to 30 students, Off-peak £250 (Jan-Oct), Peak £295 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups. 


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We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per booking slot. We have the capacity to run two half day sessions onsite each day from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Please note that for the safety of your group we require a minimum adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for each onsite booking. 

Please be advised that full payment is required in order to confirm your booking. Amendments and cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to your visit, after which no refund will be available

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